Promoting positive behaviour through enabling choice – more strategies for building skills and strengthening positive behaviours
When we allow children to make decisions and give them a chance to own their choices, we are helping them learn the skills they’ll need as they grow up. Giving children choices helps them feel like they have some power and control over what they do. Making good choices is a skill that children will use as they grow older and supports the development of positive social values. We can help them along the way by enabling some choices for them when they are young.
These choices do need to be age-appropriate and at the child’s ability level. Some examples could be offering a child a choice between two different household chores, or two different types of sandwiches for lunch. You can also use choice to reinforce rules that are already in place. For example, if one rule is that children must finish homework before play, you can give a child the choice of completing homework now so that they can go out and play, or doing the homework later but not going out to play as a result.
The Wishing Well foundation
The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.
The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.
The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.
The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.
Support the Wishing Well
The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW. Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis. The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:
- Funding availability
- The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
- The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
- Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person
The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information: